- The Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, has asked the court to sack Abubakar Atiku, the presidential candidate of the PDP and declare him the winner of the party's primary
- Wike is joined in the suit by a PDP chieftain, Newgent Ekamon, challenging the outcome of the presidential primary of the umbrella party
- Wike has told the court to determine if it is illegal and void for the Sokoto state governor, Aminu Tambuwa, to lose claim to his vote when he stepped down for Atiku
The governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, has asked the court to sack the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, and declare him the primary election winner.
Wike and a PDP chieftain, Newgent Ekamon, dragged the PDP and the Sokoto state governor over what played out at the party's presidential primary that was held on May 28 and 29 in Abuja, The Guardian reported.
Atiku was declared winner after defeating Wike and the ex-senate president, Bukola Saraki. Tambuwal withdraws from the contest and asked his supporters to vote for the former vice president.
Wike and Ekamon are listed as the plaintiffs in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/782/2022. The PDP and the Independent National Electoral Commission are the first and second respondents, while Tambuwa and Atiku are listed as the third and fourth.
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In the suit, Wike and his co-applicant are asking the court to determine 8 issues, including the legality of the transfer of Tambuwal’s votes to Atiku.
They are also asking the court to determine whether Tambuwal lost his claim to votes when he stepped down for Atiku
He asked the court to determine whether Tambuwal, “having stepped down during the primaries ought to lose his votes.”
Finally, Atiku, PDP set date to announce presidential campaign council - source
Legit.ng earlier reported that the presidential aspirant of the umbrella party, Atiku Abubakar, will announce his presidential campaign council in two weeks, a source disclosed
The source also said they have been meeting stakeholders across the country, including the leaders in Rivers state
The party is also trying to keep its ball rolling ahead of September when campaigns will start properly, the source added